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Monkey Island

Monkey Island

Free admission
Lake Gatún, in Chagres River Valley between Panama and Colon, Panama

The Basics

A trip to Monkey Island represents one of the most popular excursions from Panama City. Many guided boat tours also include a chance to see transiting ships from water level in the Panama Canal, as well as visits to the Rainforest Discovery Center and Embera Village, depending on the option chosen.

It’s also possible to travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific in a single day trip via the Panama Canal, with a stop at Monkey Island and San Lorenzo National Park along the way.

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Monkey Island Tour from Panama City
Monkey Island Tour from Panama City
$70.52 per adult
Traveler Favorite
This was the best tour!
We had such a great time on this tour. Mario was awesome and the monkeys were so cute. It was nice to watch them in their natural habitat
WILLIE_C, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Panama City

star-5
Gatun Lake and Monkey Island
Laura_L, Mar 2022
Monkey Island on Lake Gatún.
Gatun lake and Monkey Island were amazing. Got to get up close see and feed the monkeys. Our tour guide was amazing. Highly recommend .
star-5
Great experience
Shauna_B, Jul 2022
5 Hr Combo-Panama Canal boat ride+Monkey Isles+Rainforest walk & Local Breakfast
We had a great trip on the boat through the Panama canal. It was a once in a lifetime experience for me and our family. We really enjoyed feeding the monkeys on Monkey Island.
star-5
Highly recommend
Olivia_L, Aug 2022
5 Hr Combo-Panama Canal boat ride+Monkey Isles+Rainforest walk & Local Breakfast
We loved our tour! Our tour guide, Paola, was AMAZING! So knowledgeable, very sweet, and was a great story teller. The boat ride, breakfast, and rainforest tour was all incredible. We saw some monkeys, lots of birds and plants, and also my favorite…3 sloths! I definitely recommend to anyone visiting Panama. 😊
star-4
Enjoyed
Stephanie_B, Aug 2022
Monkey Island Tour from Panama City
Smooth pick up from our hotel. Nice boat ride. Took a bit to find them but Eventually saw lots of monkeys. Felt safe and comfortable with our guides.
star-5
Boating down the Panama...
Peter_M, Aug 2022
5 Hr Combo-Panama Canal boat ride+Monkey Isles+Rainforest walk & Local Breakfast
Boating down the Panama canal and watching the massive tankers close by was a great learning experience. The food was delicious and the monkeys were plentiful.
star-5
Great tour!
Aaron_M, Jul 2022
Monkey Island Tour from Panama City
Mario and Alex were awesome tour guides, entertaining us throughout. It was incredible to see the monkey up close and personal. We saw all 3 types of monkeys on the tour, along with 2 crocodiles right at the end of the tour. Highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Worth it!
Danielle_W, Jul 2022
Combo: Monkey Island and Sloth Sanctuary
Had a wonderful time seeing monkeys, sloths, butterflies, frogs and boating next to the huge freighter ships. JUAN was the best!!!
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Canal Traffic & Monkeys
CJBarwin, Apr 2022
Day Tour at Panama Canal and Monkey Island, from Ocean to Ocean
Nice morning on Lake Gatun! We watched several mid-size ship heading for the locks. And Monkey Island was fun with the capuchin monkeys impressing us with their acrobatics as they came to the boat for fruit.
star-5
Fun trip
Michael_D, Jul 2022
Combo: Monkey Island and Sloth Sanctuary
Ariel was a great tour guide and we had a fantastic trip! The sloth sanctuary is worth a visit especially to help support the work they do with the animals.
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Canal, monkeys and indigenous village
Joyce_B, Jul 2022
Monkey Island and Indigenous Community
Jorge was a wonderful guide as we looked for (and found) several types of monkeys and visited the Embera-Wounaan village.
star-5
Wonderful tour!
Tracy_T, Jul 2022
Private Wildlife discovery Tour in Monkey Island and Gamboa Area
Marc was a wonderful guide! He was very knowledgeable and we were able to see several different monkeys up close. We also enjoyed being so close to the big ships on the boat ride through the Canal.
star-5
Great day tour!
Annette_O, Jun 2022
Day Tour at Panama Canal and Monkey Island, from Ocean to Ocean
Luis, our guide, made sure that our experience was memorable. He knew how to time the day and where and how to see the monkeys up-close and experience the ships passing through the locks.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Monkey Island is a must-see for animal lovers and families traveling with kids.

  • Don’t forget to bring rain gear; showers are frequent even during the dry season.

  • Bring along sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and bug repellent to protect yourself from the tropical conditions.

  • Remember to refrain from feeding or harassing the monkeys and other animals.

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How to Get There

Monkey Island is accessible via boat, typically departing from the Gamboa Marina 22 miles (35 kilometers) north of Panama City. The boat ride along the Chagres River takes about 30 minutes each way. The easiest way to get there is to join a guided day trip from the Panama capital.

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When to Get There

Thanks to a year-round tropical climate due to its location near the equator, there’s not really a bad time to visit Panama City and its outdoor attractions, such as Monkey Island. If possible, visit from mid-December to mid-April, the area’s dry season, for the least chance of rain.

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History of Monkey Island

Monkey Island is, in fact, a series of small islands. When the expansion of the Panama Canal necessitated the relocation of monkey populations to a large island, some of the animals weren’t coexisting well. They were ultimately separated into smaller populations, each on their own island. Habitat encroachment continues to be a problem for these monkey populations, as well as other indigenous species.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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